(Closed) Can I just vent?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When caterers quote you, they usually quote for all things basic. Adding a little bit of this or a little bit of that can just rack up a higher bill.

 

If you havent signed a contract, just keep looking around. Hopefully you will be able to find a vendor who can do things a bit cheaper. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think a lot of people calculate the price of the meal per head, then get really overwhelmed once rentals, staff, delivery, linens, etc are calculated in.

Really, this is no scam, and it’s expensive but you need to be willing to pay for all services rendered.

Post # 5
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8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Catering quotes are high because catering is expensive.

1st there is the food, the raw ingredients.

2nd there is the staff (both kitchen and wait staff)

3rd there is all the implements needed to serve and eat the meal which usually have to be rented

4th there is the clean up (more hourly wages for staff)

Also, many caterers will help arrange things like table/chair rentals ($$), linen rentals ($$), etc.

 

Post # 6
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3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

youch! yeah well quotes are what they are: Estimates. when it really gets down to it, all that stuff adds up! 🙁

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My caterer was very upfront at our tasting about the total cost. That is, in part, why we booked him as we were very comfortable. I knew before signing exactly how much the service fee was, how much each spoon, glass, dish, etc cost. So the final number did not come as a shock!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@maggiemay0811:  Then better start negotiating.  Caterers are not immune to negotiating prices.  If you have to modify what you’re getting so it’s more affordable, find a way to use less staff, or call her out on her bullsh*t. 

Did you already sign with her?  What does your quote/contract say?  If it doesn’t say 4 hours @ $125 per staff (or something) as a line item, instead is says like total staff subtotal @ $1200 then she can’t say ‘oh I didn’t know’. She quoted at that rate and she should stick with that rate.  Sounds like a bait and switch to me.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think some vendors fall prey to their own industry — meaning, their perspective on cost and the addition of details is a little skewed after working so many events. If you need to, meet with the caterer and bring the contract and a list of your questions/pricing issues. Don’t leave until you have a firm number for each question, write it all out, and ask for a new contract to reflect the decisions you made.

If they can’t adjust things to work within your real budget, it’s time to look around for someone else. And ditto PPs who suggested negotiation: don’t just do it dollar-by-dollar, talk about substituting X for Y instead. Many vendors are more inclined to budge on “stuff” rather than numbers.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know of the area you are from and unless you are getting married in a hotel or something 5 star I can not fathom how in the world catering would run you that much. That is insanity! 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There’s also the convenience factor to raise your prices. Caterers tend to have a high markup on china/linen/tableware rental; you can always use your own vendor for that (if your venue and caterer contracts don’t prohibit it) but then you have another vendor to select, another check to write, another company to chase down on The Day Of…

Post # 14
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3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Um, just no.  Sick your planner on it!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

Wedding vendors charge what they do because they know people will pay it and will not shop around anywhere for a better deal since they believe that these are the only vendors anywhere who will offer them the services they want. Contrary to popular belief, a wedding is not more complicated than a family reunion or corporate luncheon, thus no logical or justifiable reason at all why it should cost more.

Ask these places point blank why they charge more for a wedding (they won’t tell you they’re ripping you off but they are). Then take your business elsewhere.

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